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Comes Now the Plaintiff

If you don't follow the script, even staged professional wrestling can get a little dangerous, according to a lawsuit filed recently in Hillsborough court.

James Gaczewski contends the World Wrestling Federation hired him to wrestle Chris Chavis, alias Tatanka.

"On March 9, 1992, . . . Tatanka and James Gaczewski rehearsed the forthcoming match and choreographed the various wrestling moves and outcome of the match."

Gaczewski claims he got hurt in the actual match, and he blames Tatanka, who he said "failed to properly perform the rehearsed and choreographed wrestling moves."

The lawsuit also states that although Gaczewski advised Tatanka he had been injured, he continued to repeatedly slam him to the mat until he decided to pin him."

Gaczewski is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 for negligence, loss of consortium, and unpaid medical bills.

_ BRUCE VIELMETTI

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